Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord, the pair behind commercial production house Park Pictures, have formed Park Pictures Features along with producers Galt Niederhoffer and Sam Bisbee.
Their first project – currently in production in New York – is a family comedy, “Robot & Frank,” with Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Jeremy Strong with Liev Schreiber voicing the Robot. “Robot & Frank” also marks the directorial feature debut of Jake Schreier (a producer on this year’s SXSW winner “Natural Selection”). Christopher Ford wrote the screenplay, for which a synopses is below.
Following “Robot & Frank,” Park Pictures Features will tackle Acord’s directorial debut, a new project from director Ringan Ledwidge as well as adaptations of Sam Lipsyte’s novel “The Ask,” which will be directed by Steven Shainberg, and “Little Expressionles Animals,” the David Foster Wallace short story.
Park Features’ next projects are the directorial debut of Lance Acord, and a new project from British director, Ringan Ledwidge. The company will also produce the adaptations of Sam Lipsyte’s best-selling novel, “The Ask,” to be directed by Steven Shainberg, and the venerable late David Foster Wallace’s short story, “Little Expressionless Animals.”
Bisbee states; “Park is a company comprised of filmmakers, so as we grow and evolve it only makes sense to develop and produce their feature projects. Being a commercial production company, we have a unique opportunity to utilize our resources within the industry to economically and efficiently make long form films.
SYNOPSIS: Set in the future, “Robot & Frank” follows aging curmudgeon, Frank (Langella), a confused loner with a love for books. His one friend is the librarian Jennifer (Sarandon) that he regularly visits. Other than his library outings, and weekly visits from his son, Frank lives a quiet, lonely life, until his grown-up kids (Marsden, Tyler) install a caretaker robot to care for their dad and an unlikely friendship begins.